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3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5


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£600.00

The latest DSLR-styled model in Panasonic’s compact system camera range has an updated 16.05-million-pixel sensor and new Venus 7 HD II engine processor. Read the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 review to find out what we think

Touchscreen control

Touchscreen is fast becoming another feature in cameras that is taken for granted, just as it has with smartphones and tablets. However, touch functionality has to be useful for it to be worth covering the screen in fingerprints. Touch focus is a prime example of this technology, making camera use easier as it saves time rather than just space on the body.

The advancement of touch focus in the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 seems subtle at first – the process remains the same, touching the screen to choose the focus-point placement – but it now allows the screen to be used while composing an image through the viewfinder.

For this to work effectively, the LCD screen must be folded out to the side of the camera, changing the way the camera is held. As the user moves their finger around the otherwise black LCD screen, the focus point in the viewfinder moves accordingly. Its use is only a subtle benefit over a D-pad or scroll wheel, but the combination of EVF and rear screen is an interesting one that has greater possibilities and is more pleasing to use than one might expect.

  • Video: 1080 50/60p HD, AVCHD, 1080 25p MP4
  • External mic: No
  • White Balance: Auto, 5 presets, 2 custom, manual
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • Dioptre Adjustment: -4 to +4 dioptre
  • Shutter Type: Focal-plane shutter
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Viewfinder Type: 1.44-million-dot electronic finder
  • Output Size: 4608x3456
  • LCD: 3in, 921,000-dot touchscreen LCD
  • Field of View: 100%
  • AF Points: 23-point system (contrast-based)
  • White Balance Bracket: Yes (3 frames)
  • Power: Rechargeable BLC12E Li-Ion
  • Weight: 396g
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, iA
  • Sensor: 16.05-million-effective-pixel Live MOS
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/160sec
  • File Format: JPEG, RW2 (raw)
  • Shutter Speeds: 60-1/4000sec + bulb
  • DoF Preview: No
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Drive Mode: 2fps, 3.7fps, 6fps (20fps reduced res)
  • Dimensions: 120 x 71 x 83mm
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0, HDMI
  • Metering System: 144-zone TTL, multi/spot/centreweighted
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • Exposure Comp: ±5EV
  • RRP: £599 (body only)
  • Lens Mount: Micro four thirds
  • ISO: 160-12,800
  • Focusing Modes: Single, continuous, flexible, manual
  • Tested as: Entry-CSC

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